VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis didn't say that God had told him to revise the Ten Commandments as claimed in a widely shared story. Francis never made the purported comments and has not changed or added to the Ten Commandments.
He has no authority to do that, given that the core moral teachings of Christianity and Judaism were said to have been revealed to Moses by God and are written in the Bible.
The story said Francis made the announcement July 6, 2015, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during his first Mass at the start of a three-nation South American tour.
It said Francis had revised the biblical teaching to cover children raised by same-sex parents and removed prohibitions on adultery.
The pope did indeed celebrate his first Mass in Ecuador on July 6, 2015, but his homily focused on the Virgin Mary and the joy of families.
At no time during the trip, or at any other point in his four-year pontificate, has Francis changed the Ten Commandments.
The story appeared on a site called Real News Right Now, which is listed on media watch lists as a hoax site.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said such stories are "absurd" and that most people recognize them as such.